Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Katy wonders what other students do with their study materials after a course; responses range from recycling to ritual burning.  Laurie is crushed by a D+ grade; responders share encouragement and “me too” moments. Other posts include trying to get a scholarship reference letter for grad school years after completing undergrad, myAU… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Business Undergrad Info Session Wed, Oct 24, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business Register online at above link W(h)et your whistle: what is water and why is it so cool? A bit about water and watershed studies in northern Alberta Wed, Oct 24, 7:00 to 8:30 pm MDT… Read more »

Distance Education—Reputation

When I first started with Athabasca University a lot of what I saw in the online groups were questions about the reputation of the university and how that would affect applications to grad schools and getting a job with that degree in hand.  These conversations made me wonder the same thing: was the degree I… Read more »

Love Beyond Tragedy

On September 15, 2018 we attended the wedding of Jenn, my brother’s granddaughter.  A few years earlier my sisters and I had been reunited with my brother Lyle and his family, following a long estrangement. When Lyle became ill, we were grateful to Jenn for contacting us and giving us the opportunity to spend some… Read more »

The Study Dude—Learn How to Learn

What if you came up with a new field of studies, like Newton’s calculus?  Or what if you have a learning disability, and end up with a PhD?  Or what if you paid for your own education while raising a family?   A common theme among these scenarios is the skilled ability to learn. At university… Read more »

Cool Canadian Culture

While many of us are still unsure exactly what it means to be Canadian, we do seem to share common so-called ‘Canadian’ activities, such as visiting Tim Horton’s for our caffeine and Timbits fix.  Beyond that, there are countless more cultural activities that celebrate all things Canadian, and this can only assist you in becoming… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Live Your Dream Awards Sponsored by:  Soroptimist Deadline:  November 15, 2018 Potential payout:  from $1000 to $16,000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be women who are the primary financial supporter for themselves and their dependents, have financial need, and are enrolled or have been accepted into an undergrad degree program or a vocational/skills training… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—No Terrain Too Tricky

If you’re feeling overburdened or out of place as your coursework mounts this Fall it might help to consider the peculiar case of gold rush camels.  Miners heading to Barkerville, B.C.  during the 1860s tried importing camels to lug their rucksacks and mining tools through steep mountain passes (UVic, online).  Our experience as independent scholars… Read more »

Editorial—What We’re Known For

On October 17, Canada’s legislation that legalized the use and cultivation of small amount of marijuana came into effect. Personally, I have no interest in partaking.  I really don’t care if you do, but please, not around me. I don’t like second-hand smoke from cigarettes and the smell of marijuana is almost worse, albeit in… Read more »

Council Connection—October 11,2018 Meeting

The October 11th, 2018 Council meeting was called to order on time and all councillors attended.  A special “welcome back” was extended to Communications Coordinator, Donette Kingyens, who was away during the summer. Beginning with this meeting and continuing forward is a change of format to the agenda.  Meetings will begin with a question and… Read more »